Sweet Little Obamacare Fantasies (all the bad news about Obamacare)

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Obamacare reduced costs, expanded access, and allowed us to keep our doctors if we like our doctors. Then I woke up.  (Ron Paul)
https://www.thenewamerican.com/reviews/opinion/item/31949-obamacare-s-unhappy-anniversary

Obamacare enrollment in Illinois drops 7 percent as price goes up and penalty for not having insurance disappears.  If Obamacare were really such a great deal, people wouldn’t be leaving.
https://www.watchdog.org/illinois/fewer-illinoisans-enroll-in-obamacare-as-costs-increase-penalties-disappear/article_9e7162a5-1061-5ce5-bcc4-678b18755637.html

Obamacare: I’m supposed to pay $15,000 in premiums and deductibles before my insurance kicks in?  Forget it!  #BadDeal #StupidLaw
https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2019/04/obamacare_has_a_premium_problem_and_a_few_others.html

Poll: Few Americans believe Obamacare has helped them
https://thehill.com/hilltv/what-americas-thinking/437401-poll-few-americans-believe-they-have-personally-benefitted-from

Kansas House votes up noncompliant farm bureau plans
https://apnews.com/681cae9e6082483eb11559793831f376

North Dakota doing what it can to address chaos Obamacare caused in individual marketplace (e.g., reinsurance)
https://www.inforum.com/entertainment/podcasts/1001966-Plain-Talk-Podcast-ND-insurance-commissioner-seeks-to-address-chaos-Obamacare-has-caused-in-the-individual-marketplace

Obamacare can’t be fixed with ‘more market forces’
https://noqreport.com/2019/04/11/no-fix-obamacare/

Obamacare court challenge to be heard in July
https://www.reuters.com/article/health-obamacare/obamacare-appellate-court-challenge-expected-to-be-heard-in-july-idUSL1N21S1YT

Medicaid expansion defeated in Tennessee House subcommittee
http://www.wmcactionnews5.com/2019/04/11/medicaid-expansion-fails-tn-legislature/

Medicaid expansion in Maine on course to exceed enrollment projections by January 2020
https://www.themainewire.com/2019/04/medicaid-expansion-enrollment-is-on-track-to-surpass-projections/

Arkansas lawmakers working hard to blow up state budget again; Medicaid expansion put state in financial tailspin before, but state Senate votes to reauthorize it even though enrollment-depressing work requirements got shot down.
https://katv.com/news/local/lawmakers-approve-medicaid-expansion-budget

Special interest SEIU behind advocacy group successfully pushing state Medicaid ballot initiatives
https://www.healthaffairs.org/do/10.1377/hblog20190327.757286/full/

Medicaid expansion is quicksand: federal government can withdraw support and change the rules tomorrow
https://www.mspolicy.org/gunn-remains-opposed-to-medicaid-expansion/

Medicaid started as a poverty program. Then it got transformed into a middle-class entitlement.  Now it’s about special rights and redistribution for special groups.  #MissionCreep
https://www.watchdog.org/illinois/pritzker-to-change-state-s-medicaid-policy-to-cover-sex/article_75451e2b-ac45-56b0-ad02-1ec2028c3a47.html

“Louisiana governor shelves Medicaid work requirement idea”
https://apnews.com/1367df6ddd2646db9507d7cdb5e41aeb

Louisiana drops 30,500 from Medicaid expansion rolls as ineligible
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/article228782269.html

How bad is waste, fraud, and abuse in Louisiana Medicaid?  “1,600 people were identified as making $100,000 while being covered by Medicaid.” If you’re not mad, you’re not paying attention.
https://www.theadvocate.com/baton_rouge/news/politics/legislature/article_b6cbbefe-5b1a-11e9-a18b-eb8f97dbb48c.html

Deconstructing the Single Payer Narrative (tweets & analysis) –
http://www.liberato.us/single-payer.html

REPEAL OBAMACARE NOW!
– legalize true catastrophic insurance
– return Medicaid to a poverty program

END THE OBAMACARE CONGRESSIONAL EXEMPTION!

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What We All Know to be True: Obamacare is Unconstitutional (all the bad news about Obamacare)

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Close Encounters with Single Payer Healthcare in Western Europe (a personal story)
http://0363930.netsolhost.com/WordPress/2019/03/27/close-encounters-with-single-payer-healthcare-in-western-europe/

Justice Department sends letter to appeals court agreeing with lower court that all of Obamacare is now unconstitutional after Congress zeroed out the individual mandate. No severability clause.
https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/435759-justice-department-sides-with-court-ruling-obamacare-invalid?__twitter_impression=true

Texas AG: What was a tax is no longer a tax. “Obamacare was tied to the Constitution by a thin thread — a thread Congress cut in 2017.”
https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2019/03/27/obamacare-its-entirety-unconstitutional-texas-attorney-general-editorials-debates/3293957002/

HHS abortifacient mandate loses in court – AGAIN.  James Dobson Institute off the hook.
https://www.lifenews.com/2019/03/28/obama-hhs-abortion-mandate-loses-in-court-cant-force-james-dobson-to-fund-abortions/

Spin Zone: ‘Obamacare enrollment is only down a teensy-weensy bit to 11.4 million.’  Proper Perspective: the Obamacare Genius Masterminds predicted 20 million people would want their cooking, but nowhere close to that ever have.  #ItsNotWorking
https://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/435694-obamacare-enrollment-declines-slightly-to-114m-signups-for-2019

Dem’s plan to fix Obamacare by goosing subsidies and boa-constricting short term insurance gives taxpayer money to insurers and the rich, forces the healthy to buy coverage they don’t need, denies chronically ill access to best doctors and hospitals.
https://www.forbes.com/sites/johngoodman/2019/03/27/whats-wrong-with-the-democrats-new-health-plan/?utm_source=Galen+Email+Alerts+%26+AHC&utm_campaign=39227a20bc-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_09_14_12_40__COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_93ad194d45-39227a20bc-171567693&mc_cid=39227a20bc&mc_eid=4fec4aa80b#7e16e13f1410

Justice Department considering options after court strikes down Trump admin regs attempting to bolster association health plans
https://www.cnn.com/2019/03/28/politics/trump-obamacare-courts/index.html

Judge strikes down Medicaid expansion work requirements in two states. Arkansas worries expansion will bankrupt them again. Kentucky Governor’s threat to terminate expansion entirely is still in play.
https://www.thenation.com/article/federal-judge-strikes-down-arkansass-medicaid-work-requirement/
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https://wfpl.org/medicaid-court-ruling-worries-some-kentuckians-about-bevin-rollback/

CMS approves scaled-back Utah Medicaid expansion plan (stop at 100% FPL, add work requirements, cap enrollment if state runs out of money), but it’s not what the voters mandated and litigation will surely ensue
https://www.politico.com/story/2019/03/29/cms-utah-medicaid-expansion-1243501

Medicaid expansion will bankrupt any state that tries it and kill people already on waiting lists
https://yellowhammernews.com/rep-gary-palmer-warns-of-the-medicaid-expansion-trap-costs-will-eventually-swamp-the-state/

Nice Bedtime Story: ‘hospitals will get Medicaid expansion money, charity care will go down, and hospitals will lower their prices.‘ Doesn’t happen. In fact, cost-shifting goes UP, not down. #TheyWereWrongAboutEverything
https://khn.org/news/medicaid-expansion-boosts-hospital-bottom-lines-and-prices/

GAO: another $4.3 billion in improper payments in Medicaid fee for service in FY 2017
https://www.modernhealthcare.com/government/gao-medicare-made-23-billion-payment-errors-2017

How to Defraud Medicaid #185 – forget you’re a millionaire, just lie on the application to put you and 6 family members on the program
https://fraudscrookscriminals.com/2019/03/25/update-more-information-on-louisiana-medicaid-scammer/#more-767

The government does not recoup the billions improperly paid through the Medicaid program.  It’s your money, America – happy now? No reason you should be. #StupidGovernment
https://pjmedia.com/trending/whats-up-with-medicaids-sloppy-oversight/

Deconstructing the Single Payer Narrative (tweets & analysis) –
http://www.liberato.us/single-payer.html

REPEAL OBAMACARE NOW!
– legalize true catastrophic insurance
– return Medicaid to a poverty program

END THE OBAMACARE CONGRESSIONAL EXEMPTION!

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Close Encounters with Single Payer Healthcare in Western Europe

By Laure Fergy
March 2019

In President Obama’s weekly address on June 6, 2009 he famously said, concerning Obamacare: “If you like the doctor you have, you can keep your doctor…”

I personally believe that the former President was mocking the very people who had voted for him: the American people who, generally speaking, have not taken into account – or even learned about – the negative impact socialized medicine has had in other parts of the world for decades already.

Indeed, in England, families are not at liberty to choose their local family doctor but are assigned one, whether they like who is assigned to them or not.

  • A trip to the doctor would take a long time because the waiting room would be packed full of sick people and the average waiting time would be over an hour long.
  • Once you finally meet, the doctor would never have enough time to fully diagnose you; prescriptions are written after just a few minutes.
  • When someone needs to simply have their tonsils removed, for example, as was my personal case, the waiting list would be … twelve days? No. Twelve weeks? No. Above twelve months long!
  • A pregnant woman is not given any special treatment even when her health demands urgent care; she is simply lumped with other patients until she is six months pregnant, regardless of contagious diseases, etc.

In France, lengthy sick leave is more like house arrest.

  • The sick person must be at home between the hours of 9-11 AM and between 2-4 PM from Monday through Sunday so the social security inspector can check up on you to make sure you are sick. There are no exceptions to this rule. When my mother injured her foot at work, it took over a year to heal. She was unable to travel anywhere, let alone lead a normal life for this lengthy period of time.
  • Vaccinating children is 100% compulsory, regardless of one’s philosophical, medical or religious beliefs.

Socialized Medicine is contrary to liberty of choice and movement, and crushes one’s independence.

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About the Author – Laure Fergy lived in England during the 1970s and in France from the mid-‘80s to 2003.

 

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Half the country still does NOT support Obamacare (all the bad news about Obamacare)

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After almost 10 years, half the country still does NOT support Obamacare
https://today.yougov.com/topics/politics/articles-reports/2019/03/21/obamacare-affordable-care-act-anniversary

Obamacare is gouging rural residents – typical premium $592/mo v. $376 in competitive areas. #ItsNotWorking
https://news.bloomberglaw.com/health-law-and-business/rural-areas-largely-left-out-of-improving-obamacare-picture

Obamacare carriers being sued in 4 states for inaccurate doctor directories. #ItsNotWorking
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/paloma/the-health-202/2019/03/19/the-health-202-obamacare-plans-face-lawsuits-over-erroneous-doctor-directories/5c9011581b326b0f7f38f1cb/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.77b7f36c55e9

Short-term insurance gives consumers another choice besides costly Obamacare
https://www.azcentral.com/story/opinion/op-ed/robertrobb/2019/03/15/short-term-insurance-arizona-isnt-bad-obamacare/3166884002/

Look for protectionism and lack of will to stymie sale of health insurance across state lines for the foreseeable future
https://www.cnsnews.com/commentary/chris-pope/obstacles-selling-health-insurance-across-state-lines-remain

CMS threatens to go after Louisiana after “deeply troubling” audit showing state misspent $85 million on ineligible Medicaid expansion enrollees
https://www.wwltv.com/article/news/health/federal-medicaid-agency-louisiana-audit-deeply-troubling/289-71549e82-122b-42e4-8773-b9f6d459efe5

Senators demand answers from CMS why 7-82% of Medicaid enrollees are ineligible in various states. Under Obamacare, states can only review eligibility once a year! What sense does that make? #StupidObamacare
https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2019/mar/17/chuck-grassley-pat-toomey-find-medicaid-waste-frau/

Alaska hits the wall – needs $250 million in cuts to state’s Medicaid budget; will start with low-hanging fruit (dental, travel, etc.)
https://www.ktuu.com/content/news/Dunleavy-team-unveils-95-million-Phase-1-reduction-to-Alaska-Medicaid-programs-507378831.html

Maine Governor’s budget spends down surplus, ignores possibility of recession, fails to account for how Medicaid expansion has blown up in other states.  Maine still has no long-term funding source for Medicaid expansion!
https://www.themainewire.com/2019/03/governor-mills-budget-sets-up-maine-for-fiscal-ruin/

Medicaid “expansion has cost states 157 percent more than projected. The average cost overrun is 92 percent, which has decimated state-budgets across the country.”
https://www.cjonline.com/opinion/20190316/ty-masterson-argument-against-medicaid-expansion

Medicaid expansionistas are misleading Kansans about exploding costs in other states, how many prospective enrollees already have insurance, how expansion would save rural hospitals, etc.
https://www.cjonline.com/opinion/20190316/ty-masterson-argument-against-medicaid-expansion

Medicaid expansion – unaffordable and destroys work incentives
https://flatheadbeacon.com/2019/03/20/medicaid-expansion-affordable/

Policymakers should focus on lowering healthcare costs. This would make insurance more affordable and fewer people would end up on Medicaid expansion.
http://www.reflector.com/Op-Ed/2019/03/21/How-to-Expand-Insurance-Coverage-Without-Expanding-Medicaid.html

When you can solve Medicaid expansion’s bad health outcomes, astronomical costs, and welfare cliff, get back to me.
https://www.allongeorgia.com/georgia-column-politics/column-three-reasons-why-medicaid-expansion-is-bad-for-georgia/

Deconstructing the Single Payer Narrative (tweets & analysis) –
http://www.liberato.us/single-payer.html

REPEAL OBAMACARE NOW!
– legalize true catastrophic insurance
– return Medicaid to a poverty program

END THE OBAMACARE CONGRESSIONAL EXEMPTION!

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Trump budget proposal would repeal Obamacare (all the bad news about Obamacare)

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Trump budget proposal would repeal Obamacare, replace it with grants to states to subsidize private insurance
https://mynbc15.com/news/nation-world/obamacare-repeal-medicaid-cuts-in-budget
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https://www.modernhealthcare.com/politics-policy/trumps-medicaid-budget-plan-could-leave-states-and-enrollees-hanging

States asking HHS about the possibility of converting Medicaid to capped block grants without congressional action
https://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/434093-trump-health-chief-reveals-talks-with-states-on-medicaid-block-grants

Arizona Governor signs bill bolstering short-term insurance option
https://www.azfamily.com/news/health/ducey-signs-bill-expanding-short-term-health-plans-that-exclude/article_5d008516-4518-11e9-8b3f-776fdab8bae8.html

States fixing Obamacare Genius Masterminds screw-ups; state reinsurance programs reduce premiums 20%
https://avalere.com/press-releases/state-run-reinsurance-programs-reduce-aca-premiums-by-19-9-on-average

Kansas Farm Bureau hopes to follow in the footsteps of its counterparts in Tennessee and Iowa, offer consumers another choice with much lower premiums
https://www.huffpost.com/entry/obamacare-pre-existing-kansas-farm-bureau_n_5c893fbae4b038892f49cd06

Utah legislature trims back voter-approved Medicaid expansion, curtails eligibility to control long-term costs
http://www.mohavedailynews.com/news/utah-legislative-session-ends-after-scale-back-of-medicaid-expansion/article_cfae9e54-46e4-11e9-b406-c7de7c280fb5.html

Senate Finance Committee scrutinizing improper Medicaid payments; states that ‘accidentally’ enroll people in Medicaid expansion instead of base program get outsized rewards
https://www.modernhealthcare.com/politics-policy/grassley-toomey-launch-oversight-push-improper-medicaid-payments

Wisconsin Governor itching for Medicaid expansion, claiming there’s a crisis, but the fact is 92 percent of the expansion population already has insurance
http://www.maciverinstitute.com/2019/03/analysis-gov-tony-evers-big-spending-health-care-budget-expands-government-hammers-private-sector/

Kansas House zeroes out funding for Medicaid expansion in budget, torpedoing Governor’s expansion proposal
http://kansaspublicradio.org/kpr-news/kansas-house-republicans-nix-medicaid-expansion-money

Deconstructing the Single Payer Narrative (tweets & analysis) –
http://www.liberato.us/single-payer.html

REPEAL OBAMACARE NOW!
– legalize true catastrophic insurance
– return Medicaid to a poverty program

END THE OBAMACARE CONGRESSIONAL EXEMPTION!

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Idaho starts Medicaid expansion $90 million in the hole (all the bad news about Obamacare)

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Idaho starts Medicaid expansion $90 million in the hole; cost of original program rising.  Oops. Funny how that happens.
https://lmtribune.com/northwest/medicaid-costs-rising-even-before-expansion/article_9733c485-0b18-5158-addd-3d8537119f70.html

How to Defraud Medicaid #184 – give customers generics, bill Medicaid for brand-name medication, take home $8 million. Sweet!
https://fraudscrookscriminals.com/2019/03/02/__trashed-3/

Older middle-income consumers finding Obamacare unaffordable. #ItsNotWorking
https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/aca-premiums-rising-beyond-reach-of-older-middle-class-consumers/2019/03/04/bdd07d9e-3e9a-11e9-922c-64d6b7840b82_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.ce7ec412d5e7

Not much appetite in Congress for fixing Obamacare
https://www.greenwichtime.com/news/article/The-Health-202-Obamacare-remains-unaffordable-13665050.php

Trump admin looking at Section 1333 interstate compacts as a way to sell insurance across state lines
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/paloma/the-health-202/2019/03/07/the-health-202-the-trump-administration-is-embracing-part-of-obamacare-in-order-to-loosen-more-health-insurance-rules/5c801fc01b326b2d177d5ff3/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.1c4cbadda1b1

Low cost is primary reason people gravitate to short-term health plans; more findings from consumer survey
https://news.ehealthinsurance.com/_ir/68/20191/eHealth%20Short-Term%20Consumer%20Survey%20February%202019.pdf

Deconstructing the Single Payer Narrative (tweets & analysis) –
http://www.liberato.us/single-payer.html

REPEAL OBAMACARE NOW!
– legalize true catastrophic insurance
– return Medicaid to a poverty program

END THE OBAMACARE CONGRESSIONAL EXEMPTION!

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Obamacare Denies Twice as Many Claims (all the bad news about Obamacare this week)

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Mirror, Mirror on the wall, who’s the biggest denier of them all? Denial rate on Obamacare insurance is estimated to be twice as high as on employer plans. #ItsNotWorking
https://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2019/02/claim-denials-are-huge-on-obamacare/

Cost of health insurance will fall sharply if Obamacare is ruled unconstitutional
https://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/19/02/r13248454/health-insurance-costs-sharply-lower-if-aca-is-ruled-unconstitutional

People who pay the Obamacare individual mandate penalty tax are on the lower end of the scale; it’s regressive
https://www.sacbee.com/latest-news/article226876239.html

Proposed HHS rule aims to ensure abortion-free Obamacare plans are available nationwide
https://www.wnd.com/2019/02/hhs-proposes-rule-to-ensure-obamacare-offers-abortion-free-option/

“Emergency Department Care More Expensive in Full Medicaid Expansion States”
https://www.rheumatologyadvisor.com/home/topics/practice-management/emergency-department-care-more-expensive-in-full-medicaid-expansion-states/

Virginia making New Mexico-sized mistakes with Medicaid expansion; seeing federal dollars and ignoring real costs will lead to provider reimbursement cuts and reduced access
https://www.heartland.org/news-opinion/news/medicaid-expansion-crowds-out-other-spending-in-virginia

Advocates can’t show Medicaid expansion reduces mortality
https://thefederalist.com/2019/02/27/another-study-indicates-bigger-health-welfare-doesnt-reduce-death-rates/

Wisconsin Governor’s budget seeks to raise the gas tax and fund Medicaid expansion. #TaxedEnoughAlready
https://www.jsonline.com/story/news/politics/2019/03/01/tony-evers-seeks-hike-gas-tax-cut-overall-price-pump/3018880002/

Ohio hits the wall – bill seeks co-pays, premiums to deal with Medicaid expansion mess
https://www.cleveland.com/open/2019/02/ohio-medicaid-expansion-patients-would-face-co-pays-premiums-under-new-bill.html

Idaho county commissioners say Medicaid expansion “will be a train wreck for Idaho both fiscally and with respect to patient care;” ask lawmakers to block it
https://lmtribune.com/idaho-county-commission-asks-state-lawmakers-to-block-medicaid-expansion/article_d6d4bda2-a70b-5545-be06-110ba49679e4.html

Louisiana wasted $200 million on Medicaid recipients who were not eligible. State health department is a “dumpster fire” and its secretary is “incompetent”.  #MoreGovernmentPlease
https://www.thenewsstar.com/story/news/2019/02/26/sen-kennedy-ineligible-medicaid-recipients-must-pay-back-benefits/2991575002/

How to Defraud Medicaid #183 – submit false claims and false drivers for taxi rides to medical appointments; claim round-trips for one-way fares; falsify the distance; etc., etc., etc.
https://fraudscrookscriminals.com/2019/02/25/cab-company-owner-pleads-guilty-to-stealing-from-medicaid-other-new-americans-made-him-do-it/

Deconstructing the Single Payer Narrative (tweets & analysis) –
http://www.liberato.us/single-payer.html

REPEAL OBAMACARE NOW!
– legalize true catastrophic insurance
– return Medicaid to a poverty program

END THE OBAMACARE CONGRESSIONAL EXEMPTION!

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CBO’s Crazy-Wrong Estimates Rescued Obamacare (all the bad news about Obamacare)

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CBO was crazy wrong about Obamacare - ACA boosted deficit; number of sign-ups only 1/3 of what CBO projected; cost of subsidies much higher than CBO imagined. Obamacare was passed and later not repealed because of CBO’s bad-faith estimates. #WeToldYouSo
https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/obamacare-cbo-numbers/

Law prof: Supreme Court likely to strike ACA individual mandate but leave the rest of the law standing (case won’t get there for a year)
https://news.bloomberglaw.com/health-law-and-business/justices-seen-as-likely-to-strike-down-obamacare-requirement

Number of grandfathered ACA plans is falling; White House looking for ways to assist such plans and insurers
https://www.modernhealthcare.com/article/20190221/NEWS/190229968

Alaska Governor looking for $270 million in Medicaid cuts to plug $1.6 billion budget deficit.
http://www.alaskajournal.com/2019-02-20/health-care-officials-alarmed-proposed-medicaid-cuts

Alaska scrambling for cuts after Medicaid expansion projections go awry.  23,273 enrollees at a cost of $7,500 predicted, but enrollment reached 35,000 in 2017 at $10,500 apiece.
https://www.juneauempire.com/opinion/opinion-the-hard-truth-about-medicaid-expansion/

If Maine has any sense, it will get out ahead of the Medicaid expansion enrollment and per enrollee cost explosions occurring in other states.
https://www.themainewire.com/2019/02/medicaid-expansion-will-cost-our-state-dearly/

“Colorado hospital prices jumped 60 percent in 9 years despite hope Medicaid expansion would curtail costs”
https://www.denverpost.com/2019/02/20/hospital-costs-increase-medicaid-expansion/

Louisiana sends out 37,000 denial letters to Medicaid expansion recipients after audit found astoundingly high percentage not eligible because they exceed income limits
https://www.klfy.com/news/louisiana/denial-letters-thousands-could-lose-la-medicaid-coverage/1800340555

Discredited Kaiser Medicaid expansion report wrong about the number of recipients working and supposed stimulus to economy – “the truth is, Medicaid expansion discourages work and shrinks the economy.”
https://www.juneauempire.com/opinion/opinion-the-hard-truth-about-medicaid-expansion/

Medicaid expansion states will face a lower federal match rate soon; new taxes, liquor sales, provider reimbursement cuts, premiums, and work requirements are all being considered to address the situation
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/paloma/the-health-202/2019/02/21/the-health-202-states-scramble-to-head-off-future-medicaid-shortfalls/5c6db0641b326b71858c6bec/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.6f57fa3fb0a3

Study shows Medicaid expansion in Wisconsin would cost taxpayers $600 million a year and drive up prices in the private sector
https://www.watchdog.org/wisconsin/report-medicaid-expansion-in-wisconsin-to-cost-more-than-billion/article_03cbe338-350e-11e9-b804-776325887fc7.html

How to Defraud Medicaid #182 – Contractors rubber-stamped requests for braces in Texas Medicaid program; state AG recovers $236 million in fraud settlement
https://patch.com/texas/downtownaustin/texas-ag-recovers-record-236m-medicaid-fraud-settlement

Deconstructing the Single Payer Narrative (tweets & analysis) –
http://www.liberato.us/single-payer.html

REPEAL OBAMACARE NOW!
– legalize true catastrophic insurance
– return Medicaid to a poverty program

END THE OBAMACARE CONGRESSIONAL EXEMPTION!

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Government Nincompoops Set Up Disabled for Obamacare Clawbacks

From Pennsylvania -

“I applied for a subsidy for my husband via phone. He was awarded a subsidy based on my income’s adjusted gross income from the previous years tax return. I was perfectly clear that I was on Social Security Disability. I was clear this was only partially taxable on the 1040 form. No other income. He said we qualified for over 1000 dollars a month in addition to us paying over 500 dollars a month. The rep said he would waive any proof of income! I now find out we are over the limit of their formula for adjusted gross income and will have to pay back over 13000 dollars in subside when our taxes are filed! Please publicize our story. There is no help for us. No accountability when contacting them or government officials.”

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Obamacare’s conceptual train wreck (all the bad news about Obamacare)

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– All the Bad News About Obamacare most Saturdays here

Obamacare conceptual train wreck – repeal the individual mandate but keep the preexisting conditions mandate.  Numbers show slow-motion death spiral underway.
https://nypost.com/2019/02/11/why-repeal-of-the-individual-mandate-hasnt-yet-brought-obamacares-death-spiral/

Alaska (a Medicaid expansion state) hits the wall – Governor seeks $200 million in cuts to Medicaid program; opponents say state can’t refuse to receive federal funds
https://www.ktva.com/story/39962113/dunleavy-budget-cuts-to-medicaid-draw-backlash
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http://www.sitnews.us/0219News/021319/021319_medicaid.html

Maine already $40 million over projected biennium budget for Medicaid expansion
https://www.themainewire.com/2019/02/gov-mills-budget-grows-maine-government-to-unsustainable-levels/

New Mexico’s Dem Governor seeks to undo skin-in-the-game Medicaid premiums and co-pays (and the price tag is….?)
https://www.lcsun-news.com/story/news/local/new-mexico/legislature/2019/02/14/nm-reverses-course-medicaid-charges-patients-drugs-healthcare/2865567002/

Utah’s (second) limited Medicaid expansion (100% FPL, caps) may encourage states that have not expanded Medicaid to follow suit
https://www.modernhealthcare.com/article/20190211/NEWS/190219997
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https://khn.org/news/utahs-novel-plan-for-medicaid-expansion-opens-door-to-spending-caps-sought-by-gop/

Utah Governor’s plan to trim back voter-mandated Medicaid expansion will actually cost the state MORE in the short term
https://www.latimes.com/business/hiltzik/la-fi-hiltzik-utah-medicaid-20190213-story.html

Deconstructing the Single Payer Narrative (tweets & analysis) –
http://www.liberato.us/single-payer.html

REPEAL OBAMACARE NOW!
– legalize true catastrophic insurance
– return Medicaid to a poverty program

END THE OBAMACARE CONGRESSIONAL EXEMPTION!

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